Depending on where you live, the winter months can be harsh and cruel to the skin. Dry air, rough winds, and cold temperatures do their best to keep us inside where we’re safe from these elements and safe from dry, cracked, and flaky skin. But when you want to have adventures in the snow, or maybe just get to your car without feeling like you need an extra layer of lotion, a winter skin care routine is a must. At iderma, we know skin and we know how to best take care of this precious layer of our body. Keep reading to learn some winter skin care tips and more about our LED light treatment masque.
Rethink Your Moisturizer
If you’re reaching for the thickest, most intense moisturizer you can find, you might just be giving yourself more work to do. Even the thickest lotion can only do so much for your skin when it doesn’t have the right ingredients. You also need to think about what type of skin you have. If you are prone to breakouts or if you have oily skin, adding on layers of the wrong type of lotion can cause blemishes to develop, which will definitely keep you from wanting to go outside. Keep in mind when you’re shopping for a winter moisturizer that creams are heavier than lotions, and lotions are heavier than ointments. But also, look at the level of active ingredients in the product.
- Occlusives include dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin, and lanolin. These keep water in the skin when it’s exposed to dry air and wind.
- Humectants include glycerin, sorbitol, sodium, hyaluronate, urea, propylene glycol, and alpha hydroxy acids. These help pull water into the skin cells, causing the skin to swell slightly and making it appear wrinkle-free.
- Emollients also include lanolin, petrolatum, and mineral oil. These fill in any spaces between rough or peeling skin cells.
What About Oils?
The confusing thing about oils is that there are plenty of products out there that claim to give you luxurious skin. But oils aren’t easily absorbed into the skin, which is why they leave a greasy look and feel. The good news, though, is that they can add a layer of protection against harsh winds. When you want to incorporate a face oil into your routine, add a few drops into your favorite moisturizer so that you are getting the benefits of the oil and also hydrating your skin.
Use a Humidifier
A humidifier might not be the sexiest thing to have in your bedroom, but it is effective in putting moisture into the air and helping your skin. If you work or live in an environment that is heated with dry air, this will also dry out your skin, which in the winter is the last thing you need. Keeping a 50 percent humidity level can give you the moist air you need when you’re not getting it naturally from the weather. The good news is that an efficient humidifier doesn’t have to expensive — just a middle of the road appliance is all it takes. The benefits of our LED light treatment masque include a relaxing session that you can enjoy while also listening to the calming hum of the humidifier.
Rethink Your Showers
As much as you want to soak in a hot tub or plan your memoir while taking a shower while it’s snowing outside, it will be much better for your skin if you can make it a habit of taking short, lukewarm showers. It might seem counterintuitive since much of the body is made of water, but water is not hydrating to your skin. When you spend half an hour under streams of steaming water, it’s actually rinsing all of the natural oils that have been building up. And water that is too hot can actually dehydrate the skin, which is also the last thing you want when dry skin is haunting you. So instead, keep the temperature lukewarm, get in, wash off, and get out. If you want to have a steamy bathroom when you get out of the shower, consider plugging in a space heater.
If you’re thinking, “Alright, I get it! I need to use a high-quality moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.” Well, you’re right. But you also need to consider when you are putting on the moisturizer. Right after you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry and immediately start lathering on that cream. After your shower is also the time when your pores will be opened up the most, so this is the best time to apply any moisturizing product. Just don’t apply it when your skin is wet, as it will dilute the product. With our LED light treatment masque, you can achieve smoother skin in as little as four weeks.
Eat More Fish
As you might be realizing, it’s just as important to nourish your skin from within. Adding foods that contain omega-3s will keep your skin looking smooth and supple. Many fish have omega-3s, including salmon, sardines, sablefish, and halibut. If you can’t add some extra fish into your diet, you can take a fish-oil supplement instead. It’s also important to note the foods that aren’t good for the skin, including coffee because it’s a diuretic, and alcohol because it can cause dehydration. Also, avoid sugary and starchy foods that can cause inflammatory problems. If you must have some crave-worthy foods, try dark chocolate or avocado.
Use iderma’s LED Light Treatment Masque
Just like foods can nourish the skin from within, the technology that is used in our LED light treatment device uses light waves that penetrate the layers of the skin to stimulate cell growth. When dead cells flake off each cycle, they reveal fresh and clear skin. The masque has over one hundred small LED lights that work to help produce additional collagen, making your skin firm and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. While it’s always important to keep a consistent skin care routine, the LED light treatment therapy boosts the efficiency of your skin to help fight the signs of aging.